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Kenny Wheeler
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Kenny Wheeler performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler
Born (1930-01-14)14 January 1930
Toronto, Canada
Died 18 September 2014(2014-09-18) (aged 84)
London, England
Genres Avant-garde jazz, post bop,
chamber jazz, free improvisation
Occupation(s) Composer, musician
Instruments Trumpet, flugelhorn
Years active 1950s-present
Labels ECM, Fontana, FMP, Soul Note,
Associated acts John Dankworth, Evan Parker, John Taylor, Azimuth, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, Globe Unity Orchestra, Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra

Kenneth Vincent John Wheeler, OC (14 January 1930 – 18 September 2014) was a Canadian composer and trumpet and flugelhorn player. Most of his performances were in jazz, but he was also active in free improvisation and sometimes was into rock music recordings. Wheeler wrote over one hundred compositions and was a skilled arranger for small groups and larger ensembles. Wheeler was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Wheeler died after a short period of frail health at a nursing home in London on 18 September 2014. He was 84 years old.

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